Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Upstairs and SHOP HOURS ARE A CHANGIN'

I haven't shared any of the summer decor in our home because let's face it I just finished it. Seeing as the calendar just officially said summer though we'll call me being on time instead of seriously early. Speaking of seriously early. I am learning that retail likes to work 6-9 months in advance for everything and it is hard for me even in my Christmas loving self to plan for the glitter that I am going to need in a few months. I will say there is some seriously cool shtuff coming into the shop and probably a few pieces into our home.

Today I am taking you through our bedroom and the upstairs hallway. The spare bedroom doesn't change much other than I move a lot of the plants outside for the summer so not much to share and my office looks a smidgen like a bomb went off with my crazy pillow sewing  / corner gas re-watching as of late.

i just finished up this antique african indigo textile pillow order for a lovely customer of mine and she graciously allowed me to swipe a few of the pieces. i really enjoy indigo blue for this time of year.

the dresser view.

i'm not sure if i have shared this on here before. my ingenious idea for hanging my earrings so they don't get tangled. i have an old wood window screen that i use to keep them organized.

a few of my extra necklaces grace my buddha

stella changed her outfit for the season. she wears an old buffalo news bag and a summer scarf

dough bowl of japanese fishing floats. what says summer like fishing floats

spot the frankie!

our upstairs hallway with lots of coloured glasses this year.
the blue minnow bucket booted the demijohn to the floor for the summer.

not so hard to spot him this time. look at the pose people. seriously. he's a cad

Well have a fantastic weekend everyone. 

An update for everyone local as well.
Shop hours are changing and BEING ADDED TO!
YOU GUYS LOVE US and we are stoked.
We are now open Wednesdays as well. Makes me laugh the amount of people that were coming saying "oh so you're just open on the weekend" um no we are open thurs-sun  that's more than half the week but alas we are now open 5 WHOLE DAYS PEOPLE

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pinterest Inspiration: June 2015

Seriously what is with the rain this summer so far. It feels like we're in a bad rerun of April. I mean we'll count our blessings for the gorgeous green grass and lush gardens but with this amount that green grass gets so tall I'm going to need a hovercraft to cut it.

Let's check out what's looking good in internet land this past month.

ikea! enough said

such nice displays of gorgeous product

this room is lovely but a little traditional for my personal spaces. i am drawn to the ceiling mostly. would be just amazing in a retail space. plus the concrete coffee table.

perfect combo of vignettes to my eye. and i think that may have been an ikea cupboard too.

pretty sure i found this on Facebook so don't know the source but, yep!

always lovely from ferpie and fray. green and bone knobs. perfection.

simple bottle collection but the cloche makes them one piece.

Have a great day everyone,


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Rustic Coastal Black end tables and piping extravaganza

Good morning all.

Another busy week halfway gone. I am happy to share this custom piece with you today. This pair of end tables has been hibernating in our attic for about 8 months and they have found an adoptive home.

I keep some pieces in unfinished state for when people ask me for something specific for their home. I love refinishing as my vision sees fit but sometimes that vision doesn't jive with someone else's home.
As we get out of bringing loads of painted furniture to the store because of the amount of work involved in the transporting and moving and then moving displays, I am finishing a few more pieces at home and via my Facebook page. (Check out the the photo albums for large pieces not yet finished and large items not in the shop)

The table today is actually a pair but I thought I would set it up more like a room so only one table got the chance at the spotlight.

my go to black. as ever general finishes lamp black with mild distressing and general finishes liquid wax plus some annie sloan dark wax for depth buffed to a sheen.

(the chair is out of our front hall, and the alabaster lamp is non-functioning as it was apart of my rewiring pile but it suited the look i was going for)

i wanted more of a contemporary rustic look for this photo and the wicker chair brings in the beach vibe continued with the large coral piece.

these great seeded pinecone-y pillows are so versatile and right now this one actually lives in our living room for summer but i have a few left in the store too.

i added ivory coloured bone knobs to these tables for some contrast


for locals a few of this weeks new pillow selections.
 the black outdoor is back in stock as well. (not pictured)

vintage washed out denim with white contrast piping and zipper closure.

(let me tell you, piping with zippers is not an easy feat for a beginner. i am not a beginner by any means anymore but piping took me awhile to master. after a lot of bad how-to videos that didn't make sense to me over the last year when i thought it time to add it back into my sewing repertoire as the store became a reality i am super duper proud to say i am able to offer piping on some of my pillows when i think it adds to the look. so for all of you frustrated sewing buddies out there, keep trying it will eventually work)

tommy bahama swaying palms outdoor and outdoor denim look alike. it looks pretty close to the other pillow no? i really love the neutral outdoor fabrics i found for this year.

Have a good one,


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Before and After. Simple farmhouse white

Woohoo a furniture makeover today.

So let's be serious I bit off a chunk of work for myself over the last 2 weeks and between the shop, my weed like grass that I swear is growing about a foot every 3 days, quite a few custom paint projects, sewing, my brain is scrambled.
A good scrambled but like with a whole pile of tabasco sauce on top.
I am fully taking advantage of the sticky note function in my computer and the dinging calendar on my phone to remind me of things as my usually pretty good memory needs some gingko biloba this past week.
I'm trying to be good and take pictures of all the furniture pieces to share with you all.

The lovely woman that the following set belongs to, had to undergo a bit of a furniture roller coaster as the first set we were to attempt giving her the white farmhouse style to was water warped and a smidgen beyond repair.

She brought me this set and another end table not pictured with the hope that we could strike gold from a ho hum set for her kitchen.

I think we succeeded.

 this is a very simple pine set from ikea with many years of life left in it. i sanded down the finish to give the pieces a bit more grip and did multiple coats of general finishes antique white to get to the proper coverage. she wanted the set to be "antiqued" so i distressed where wear would appear and then applied general finishes liquid wax followed by miss mustard seed antiquing wax. i used the mms wax over another dark wax as i always do on white because it doesn't change the colour of the paint. other dark waxes will change the white to a real off-white beige tone and i wanted the pieces to remain a proper white but appear aged. the aging is much more obvious in person as the white looks quite white through my camera. i used my buffer to give the table a hard solid finish from the wax.

i used only 2 of the chairs for the shoot and set it up as a date table 

our recent rain has smucked my peonies pretty good but the white flowers seem to be a bit stronger and they still look lovely. sniff your screen, i swear it will come right through

the table layers for you vignette lovers. 
isn't that maidenhair fern awesome. so huge and fluffy.


Have a great day everyone,


Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Patio 2015

Good morning everyone. 

Seems to be that time of year where we are all getting in the dirt and starting to take our soiree's outdoors. I got a chance a few days ago to sneak in some photos of our patio this year to share with you today.


our martha stewart rugs from a few years ago are still going strong and i love the black for our patio so no need to change them up. i used some of my favourite black outdoor fabric to make new pillows for our ikea chairs.

i love these turkey feeders for mass planting and because we are so swamped with store stuff this year we wanted the back patio plantings to be super simple this year. i mass planted this feeder with golden moss and the newer galvanized low vases beside them with a variety of succulents

score of the season. trev and i were driving to a dinner date late at night and he spotted this ratty looking dresser in a garbage pile. we didn't stop and said if it was still there after dinner we would look at it. low and behold the people of that area are not into the garbage picking and it was still there. i knew it would make an awesome potting bench with its green flaky paint. i am not above garbage picking!

we got rid of the wood cart we built years ago that was falling apart and replaced it with this awesome dresser that is falling apart a little bit less.

i loaded it up with my collection of terracotta pots, green antique gardening tools and walter the gnome. i also found an old cream separator and put this massive flowering begonia in it. rustic pretty!

our new purchase for the year. our old rattan chairs although comfortable weren't always sturdy for company. i found these chairs in a magazine article, liked how they looked and went to ikea to sit on them. SOLD. and let me tell you. they are really really comfy.

i topped this urn with an antique breadboard to make a table top and changed out the door to a larger oak door from what was here last year.
the squirrel nut cracker still holds pride of place. the fern in the green sap pail is a tri colour fern.

i would really love to change out the cushions to one long cushion on the sofa but can never find a neutral one i like. i'm probably going to end up making one on a rainy day when i am caught up on things so for now 3 seat cushions it is.

new here? i did a diy on our wine barrel ottoman here

the watering can collection all in one place.

as i mentioned i planted these with loads of succulents and plopped a crown jar in the middle to turn them into candleholders for at night

one of those 2 cool to leave there items was this oil drum in perfect colours that someone actually turned into a planter. it has a concrete base inside to keep it steady. adds a little more of "us" to our outdoor space. it has been planted here with a macho fern

simple in my lion planters this year. kimberley queen ferns only. big and beautiful.

i may have also started a small antique sprinkler collection of animals now as well. this frog is awesome and he works. good grief, occupational hazard.

Well have a great day everyone.

I'm spending the day visiting with a bestie that I don't get to see too often and then it's custom paint project completion tonight.